Back in November we reported on the launch of a new MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) called Republic Wireless. Their key differentiator was that they’d give you unlimited talk, text, and data for just $19 per month. You couldn’t bring your own smartphone to the network, meaning you had to use the sole device they offered, the LG Optimus, and where things got murky is that you had to follow a strict set of rules. From our earlier report:
In order to maintain an account with these guys you need to use less than 550 minutes, 150 text messages, and 300 megabytes of data per month while not attached to WiFi, otherwise you get kicked off their network.
Today that’s all changed. You’re still stuck with their incredibly limited “portfolio”, really it’s just one device, but now there are no limits. Here’s a snippet from the blog post announcing their new schtick:
Rather than revising our fair use policy, we’ve decided not to have one at all. There will simply be no thresholds, and no risk of losing service. We’re doing away with all of that to keep all of the focus instead on where it really belongs: Creating a new wireless future together. A future that is simple to understand, unfettered to use, and an amazing value for all. That’s what we started down this path to do. That’s where the power of this vibrant community, dynamic Wi-Fi ecosystem and revolutionary technology should be invested. We’re all-in.
Yes, you read that right, there’s now an operator in America who will give you as much connectivity as you want for less than $20 per month. The LG Optimus isn’t even that bad now that we think about it. You’re limited to getting coverage where Sprint offers it, but it’s a small price to pay.
Now the key question: Are you going to switch?